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What I’ll Miss

I have three kids, and sometimes more.  At the time of this writing they are 9, 8, and 6 years old.  There is also a 4 year old running around with all of them for the time being.  If I’m not careful, the inconvience of my kids can get the best of me.  In my effort to not let them  inconvenience  me, I’ve been keeping a list of the things about them I will miss in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and beyond…

  • Bicycles left behind my car in the driveway.
  • Toothpaste smeared all over the bathroom counter.
  • Driveway chalk art inside my garage, where the rain will never wash it away.
  • Running over hot wheels cars  inadvertently  with the lawnmower.
  • Shoes on the wrong feet.
  • Chicken McNuggets.
  • Racing out the door every morning to avoid the tardy bell at school.
  • The inability to keep tape, scissors, crayons, markers, and paper in one place.
  • 2 hour baseball practices… 4 nights a week.
  • Retainers.
  • Muddy foot prints that go across a recently vacuumed living floor.
  • Trampoline nets with holes in them.
  • Backyard toys that kill my grass when left out in the sun.
  • Bad breathe, because they haven’t brushed their teeth in 4 days.
  • $1 lunchables.
  • Coats lost at school on the playground.
  • Getting kicked in the groin when wrestling on the living room floor.
  • Finding doodles written on important pieces of paper.
  • Both good and bad report cards.
  • Unbrushed hair.
  • Answering  unnecessary  “Why?” questions.
  • Praying at night to delay the actual “going” to sleep.
  • 6:30am wakeup calls on Saturday Mornings to ask if they can eat breakfast.
  • PB & J sandwiches.
  • Calling all meat at the dinner table chicken.
  • Arguments  over who gets to sit where in the car.


So parents, what will you miss?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. jim wideman · March 24, 2012

    Great post! The cool thing for me the new memories out weight the things you miss which just make a new list of things they’ll miss doing with you! You’re a good dad Cliffy

  2. Jen · March 30, 2012

    Sounds so much like our house.  Especially the toothpaste and $1 lunchables.  :)  I will miss mispronounced words (plobrem and captus), squinkies in every corner of the house, and trying to remember every stuffed animal’s name.